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District of Columbia Library Association

DCLA History: Significant Dates and Events

June 15, 1894: Establishment of the Library Association of Washington City

October 24, 1894: First program meeting

March 1901: Name changed to District of Columbia Library Association

June 28, 1922: Becomes a chapter of American Library Association

February 1927: Incorporated in District of Columbia

October 1927: Dues increased to $1.50; life membership set at $25.00

1929: Publication of periodical D.C. Libraries under editorship of Mary Lacy of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics

March 5, 1931: By-laws amended to raise dues to $1.75

December 17, 1935: By-laws amended to reduce dues to $1.50

April 1, 1936: Eleanor Roosevelt at Carlton Hotel dinner speaks on "What Libraries Mean to the Nation”

December 15, 1939: Reception in honor of the new Librarian of Congress, Archibald MacLeish co-sponsored with LC staff in the auditorium of the Department of Interior; 1,000 attendees

October 24, 1940: Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish receives DCLA members

May 1941: White House visit and garden party; 600 attendees

January 26, 1942: Helen Keller speaks on “The Victory Book Campaign”

May 23, 1942: By-laws amended to provide for Assistant Treasurer position

October 24, 1944: 50th anniversary celebration; includes review of past presidents and reminiscences; George Bowerman spoke as the ”dean” of past presidents

October 26, 1945: Reception in honor of Luther Evans, new Librarian of Congress

August 12, 1948: Joint DCLA/SLA reception for F. R. Ranganathan, President of the Indian Library Association, and Abdul Noneim Omar, Director of the Egyptian National Library

December 16, 1948: Sidney Kramer auctioneer at book auction

1952: Verner Clapp auctioneer at book auction co-sponsored with the Washington Chapter of SLA

October 16, 1952: British Embassy event with 345 attendees

1953: Change to letterpress printing and semi-scholarly articles for D.C. Libraries; advertising accepted

January 14, 1954: DCLA officials invited to White House by Mamie Eisenhower and shown through the White House library

March 18, 1954: Chancery of Indian Embassy event with large turnout

June 2, 1954: 60th anniversary meeting with attendance by ten past presidents and greetings from eight others; President Kortendick announces that all retired past presidents made honorary members (Bishop, Browerman, Hackstraw, Herbert, Price, and Putnam)

June 8, 1966: Shield device adopted as official emblem at Board meeting

July 1966: First issue of Clips and Quotes

1967: First Joint Spring Workshop (before 1972[?], continuing education workshop)

August 16, 1967: Fiscal year changed to July 1 through June 30

May 27, 1969: 75th Anniversary Dinner with Alex Haley

October 29, 1969: Whittall Pavilion reception at LC to commemorate 75th anniversary of first meeting; 250 attendees

April 22, 1970: By-laws amended to increase dues to $10

July 1971: First issue of Intercom under editorship of Joseph Judy (NAL) and Mary Feldman (Trinity College Library). This monthly publication replaced Clips and Quotes and D.C. Libraries

November 9, 1978: Rosalyn Carter welcomes DCLA members to White House New Members Reception

July 31, 1979: Tex-exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code

May 18, 1983: By-laws change to increase dues to $15

May 3, 1988: By-laws change to have new Board start in September; ALA chapter councilor becomes voting member of Board

February 8, 1989: Presidents' Panel with incoming or past Presidents of ALA, ASIS, and SLA
1990 Strategic Planning begins

1991-1992: By-laws change to allow student membership for those enrolled in an MLS program

1994: 100th anniversary: Tree Plantings of Japanese Maples at Northeast and Washington Highlands Neighborhood Libraries (April 21, 1994); sold Centennial Mugs; published, in conjunction with the Center for the Book, Capital Libraries and Librarians: a Brief History of the District of Columbia Library Asociation 1894-1994, by John Y. Cole; published index to INTERCOM, prepared by Mary Feldman;
travelling exhibit on the history of DCLA mounted by Kathryn Ray, funded by the DC Humanities Council; culmination with Centennial Gala held at the Washington Club on June 18, many attended in period attire.

May 1995: Strategic Plan 1995-1998 approved

November 1995: Initiated DCLA-L, electronic information list

December 1995: Intellectual Freedom Manual published

April 1996: Washington Area Library Directory (2nd edition) published

May 1997: By-laws change to adopt sliding scale dues structure: $30 basic; $40 supporting; $20 part-time, unemployed, student, continuing; and several categories of sustaining memberships

September 1999: Launched, DCLA's official web site

March 15, 2000: DCLA acquires telephone number: 202-872-1112

April 23, 2000: Ruth Fine, 1963/64 DCLA president, dies at the age of 92, leaving a significant bequest to DCLA to be used for student loans

May 2000: By-laws change to adopt associate member category ($20); several categories of institutional memberships; and the ability to establish temporary classes of membership

June 2000: 5 DCLA members named to the first-ever ALA/ALTA National Advocacy Honor Roll: Mary Feldman, Alice Hagemeyer, Virginia Moore, Elizabeth Stone, Lillian Wesley

May 2002: First Lady Laura Bush accepts Honorary Member status in DCLA for 2002-2003.

July 2002: Membership year starts July 1 not Sept. 1 per Bylaws change.

April 7, 2003: Mrs. Laura Bush has National Library Week kick-off reception at White House for DCLA children's librarians.

June 1, 2004: Mr. Bob Woodward of the Washington Post is the featured guest speaker at DCLA's 125th Anniversary Banquet. An article on the event is included in American Libraries magazine.

2005: Credit card payments are first accepted using PayPal on to pay for programs and to charge 2005-2006 memberships.

2005: The Strategic Plan is revised and presented to the board.


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